When the Uvalde Police Department named Cpl. Ramon Morin officer of the year last week, they also recognized a supervisor, detective, dispatcher and staff member for exemplary service throughout 2016.
Morin, who is originally from Eagle Pass, graduated from the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy in the spring of 2012. He was hired by UPD in October of 2012. Last year, he was promoted to a corporal position.
While it’s not uncommon to see 48-year-old Refugio Perez dodging traffic in downtown Uvalde, before last week he was always able to escape injury. That changed on Friday night when two motorists struck Perez, who remains in critical condition at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
The incident occurred just before 8 p.m. in the 300 block of South Getty Street.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District trustees unanimously passed a resolution to nominate superintendent of schools Jeannette Ball, Ph.D. as 2017 Superintendent of the Year for her exemplary and visionary leadership toward improving student performance.
“I thank the board for the nomination but this nomination honors the collaborative efforts and hard work of many individuals,” expressed Dr. Ball.
Following a lengthy executive session Wednesday night during the Uvalde County Appraisal District’s monthly meeting, board chairman, Blaine Bennet announced UCAD will not appeal the judgement that requires the district to pay $241,274 to a taxpayer. “The Uvalde County Appraisal District, upon advice of its legal counsel will not file a notice of appeal with the Court of Appeals in the UCAD v. Arthur case.”
Although Uvalde got a slow start to the flu season, with only seven confirmed cases of the virus between November and December of 2016, Uvalde Memorial Hospital and Community Health Development Inc. have seen 77 confirmed cases since Jan. 1.
Customers who dine at Golden Chick on Saturday, Feb. 25, will be doing more than filling their stomachs as profits will benefit longtime Uvalde veterinarian John Barnes. Barnes, who has multiple sclerosis, hopes to make a trip to San Diego, California, to take part in a stem cell therapy program. For every dollar spent at Golden Chick on that day, all profits (15-20 percent of income) will go toward Barnes’ therapy.
When Uvalde Police detectives were first dispatched to Uvalde Memorial Hospital on Wednesday night, they believed they were investigating a man found on the side of the road with a gunshot wound. Now, their working theory is that the man shot himself at his residence and was taken by friends to the hospital. According to police, Lt. Jerry Martinez was flagged down by a motorist as he turned onto Studer Street from Fourth Street.